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Portable Pressure Washer Setup

Portable Pressure Washer Setup

When starting a pressure washing business, many people chose to begin with a portable unit.  So in this portable pressure washer setup post, we offer a video and detailed, expert advice.  Many ask if a 2-3 Gallon Per Minute machine good enough to start with?  You can certainly start with any unit you choose, but our recommendation is always the Mad Max belt drive 4 Gallon Per Minute portable pressure washer.  So to help those of you just starting out, here’s what we can offer.  We walk through an unboxing and set up for this great starter machine.

MAD MAX PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER

This unit is a 3500 psi machine and is ideal for a limited budget.  So let this be the minimum machine you would start out with.  While you can get some cheaper machines at a home improvement store, this unit will last much longer.  Keep in mind that home improvement store options are not designed for everyday, commercial use.  They are designed to be used by one homeowner very rarely.  But the Mad Max is an industrial grade, professional model designed with those in this business in mind.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER HOSE REEL MOUNT

One great option that we recommend is to include the hose reel mount.  Because it has wheels, it easily rolls in and out of a truck or van and moves around easily on a job site.  I got my start on this exact type of machine 37 years ago that hauled and roll in and out of with a pick up truck.  As your business grows requiring upgrade to a second machine, this will still come in handy as a spare or as a second unit on the job on to do a second job at the same time.

ACCESSORY KIT

This unit comes with great accessories such as a gun, a chrome plated wand, and connectors.  Of course, you also get the hose and tips.  We recommend using sealant and thread tape on all your connections, but this will be a separate purchase.  If you intend to downstream with this unit, you would want to purchase the JROD nozzle kit.  Don’t miss any part of the video because we provide detailed set up instructions too extensive to go into on this post.  If you are new to the pressure washing industry, you can learn a little bit more about who we are here.

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PRESSURE WASHER HOSE LENGTH

PRESSURE WASHER HOSE LENGTH

One of the questions many new pressure washing professionals have is how much pressure washer hose length do I need?  Typically, new pressure washing professionals start out with a portable pressure washer.  And one of loyal YouTube channel viewers is inquiring about this very thing.  We always recommend starting out with a BELT DRIVE pressure washer because it is far more reliable for commercial use.  In addition, you can connect to a buffer tank to draw water.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER

When using a portable pressure washer, there is no need for any more than 100 feet of hose.  With proper set up of the portable machine, you can easily get 200 feet of coverage because you are using two different hoses collectively.  You could easily add an additional 50 foot spare hose for larger projects.  But we recommend 100 foot of initial pressure wash hose for portable units.  In addition, our experience is that a one wire hose is much easier to manage because they are lighter in weight.  The two wire hose is heavier, doesn’t last any longer, and costs more.

HOOK UP MECHANICS

Another consideration with portable pressure washer hose length is how you will hook it up.  There are couple different options to choose from.  First, you could use quick connects to connect hoses as needed.  A second option is a 3/8 inch coupler.  This is the best option if you are storing the hose on any type of hose reel.  The quick connects take up more straight space than the coupler which makes the circular hose reel wrapping much more challenging.  So you would need to decide if you’re rolling the 100 foot hose up together with the 50 foot hose for storage.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER WITH HOSE REEL

One great option we offer at Doug Rucker Store is a portable pressure washer with hose reel.  We also remove all the bend restrictors from every hose because they are a huge nuisance to work with.  The bend restrictors trap water which causes rust.  Finally, check out some of the FAQs about the various training opportunities we provide in the Houston area.

Pressure Washer Hose Length

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Pressure Washing Trailer

PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER

If you are starting a pressure washing business, you will be considering how to set up your equipment.  One option is using an enclosed truck or trailer, and you can find an example of this here.  But another option is utilizing an open PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER for your equipment.  With the exception of a few small details, the set up for both an enclosed or open truck or trailer is the same as far as equipment.  There is a greater need for more plumbing aspects on enclosed, and not so much for open.

PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER EQUIPMENT

We have the 9 gallon per minute MAD MAX as well as the 10 gallon per minute KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  I do not recommend the 12 volt electric pumps because there are too many things that can go wrong with those such as electrical components, wiring and so forth.  I’ve used and tested all types of machines and always find that air diaphragm pumps are the most reliable and easy to use and maintain.  Storage bins are great for guns, wands, buckets, cleaning solutions and so forth.

TRAILER SIGNAGE

One of the things we incorporate into the PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER is a moving billboard on both sides.  This helps to advertise your service and provides immediate contact information for anyone who sees it and is interested.  We recommend keeping the information simple and easy to read and see as potential customers get a screen shot or copy the information.  An easy access ladder rack is part of the billboard system.  In this case, you don’t have to have a ladder to get to the ladder!

Pressure Washing Trailer

 

REELS, HOSE, TANKS

Additional pressure washing trailer equipment includes reels, hose and tanks.  Our titan reel features a garden hose on the bottom and a pressure hose on top.  An electric reel is an option.  Two 85 gallon vented tanks hold bleach and water and are connected to the Kingslinger.  We do not see any need to ever meter soap, so we simply add it to the bleach tank as needed.  And finally, we have a schertz box down stream remote system and a 24 inch “little big guy” surface cleaner.  As you consider your equipment set up, I’ve got some deals here worth taking a look at as well.

 

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KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR

KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR

For those just starting out in the pressure washing industry, you might be using an air compressor for the very first time.  So we want to take some time to explain some of the mechanics of the Kingslinger Compressor.  So by defining various parts and demonstrating how it all works together, we hope to enhance your experience.  There is an “unloader valve” which controls the pressure going to the tanks and then to whatever tools are in use.  Always make sure the unloader valve is in the up position when starting the machine.  Then turn it down after starting so that pressure build up can begin in the air compressor.

AIR COMPRESSOR GAUGES AND HOSE

We use a quick coupler to connect the hose to the system near the gauges.  There are two different gauges.  One is the reading for pressure in the barrels of the Kingslinger Compressor.  The other is for reading the pressure going to the tool that is in use.  This would typically be the 10 Gallon per minute air diaphragm pump.  This gauge should never exceed 90 psi.  Use the adjustment knob to reach the level of pressure you desire.  Exceeding 90 psi is possible and will result in greater distance, but the risk is causing damage to the pump.  In addition, this unit has a fuel pump which will allow running fuel from an auxiliary tank.  Otherwise, the smaller tank of the unit means you have to fill the tank with gas more often.

BASIC OPERATIONS

Of course, always make sure you have gas and oil before starting the KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR.  When the unit arrives brand new, it does not contain oil.  One quart of cheap 10W30 oil will be included with the shipment.  However, we strongly recommend using a better grade oil found here so that the machine will last much longer.  The oil will need to be changed less frequently and you will surely save money over the long run.  Make sure the choke is out, the unloader valve is up, and it should start right up on your first or second pull. Once it’s started and running, choke goes back in and unloader goes back down.  Holding your finger on the stop button will bring the machine to a complete stop.  If you are just starting your business and need website assistance, consider this as an option.

 

Kingslinger Compressor

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PRESSURE WASH TRUCK

PRESSURE WASH TRUCK

At Doug Rucker Store, we provide PRESSURE WASH TRUCK and trailer build service.  This is especially helpful for those just starting out in the pressure washing business.  We recently had an opportunity to provide this service for a  pressure washing pro from Austin, Texas.  They purchased a previously city owned vehicle and brought it to us for the build out.  We did make some minor repairs and improvements to the enclosed portion of the truck before installing equipment. This included things like patching holes, installing new aluminum flooring, and sealing all surfaces. This phase is important to ensure maximum protection of new equipment.

 

 

SOFT WASH WITH KINGSLINGER

First, the KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM goes in with plumbing through the floor.  This is because the unit needs to be drained to keep moisture from building up and adversely affecting the system.  When considering a pressure wash truck or trailer build, this is a great way to provide soft wash service.  Soft washing is critical to protect a variety of surfaces from damage resulting from large volume of high pressure water blasting.  It has three different valves to meter mix ratios, usually water, bleach and another detergent.

 

ADDITONAL PRESSURE WASH EQUIPMENT

This particular project was for an existing car detail business that was expanding their service into the pressure washing sector.  So for this pressure wash truck build, we provide him with a new pressure washer also plumbed to an 85 gallon space saving tank.  In fact, two new tanks enable him to store water and bleach.  They are bolted down and firmly secure.  The schertz box remote control for down streaming and a new surface cleaner is also part of this package.  In addition, hoses and hose reels are a great addition to this pressure wash truck build.  It’s important to have pressure hose, soft wash hose, and a garden hose.  For larger projects, you would also want to consider spare hose in order to effectively clean without having to relocate equipment.  If it interests you, check out another post.  The sled is what makes this one really special!

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KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

Many potential customers inquire about Kingslinger Distance through the Doug Rucker Store.  The Kingslinger Soft Wash System can be connected to a 5 GPM or 10 GPM pressure washer.  There are options with the Kingslinger such as with or without the compressor.  Also, hose or hose reel options can be considered.  One of the variables to evaluate when considering  any soft wash system is distance.  We provide a video demonstration of with a measuring wheel.  This allows you to see what you’re actually getting in terms of distance.  Here is more information when considering pressure washing start up business equipment.

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE VIDEO DEMO

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE 45 Feet

Upon measuring in no wind conditions, we were able to get to approximately 45 feet.  This was while using an 0020 nozzle, and then an 0040 nozzle.  Adjusting the ball valve vertically will obviously affect KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.   This is extremely handy especially for roof cleaning projects.  Some distance will be lost from the ground when cleaning straight up on vertical walls.  Our estimate would be around 2 feet.  Wind will also be a factor for distance with Kingslinger, or for any soft wash system in use.  We also discuss in detail the importance of evaluating the actual dedicated pump for any product you are considering.

KINGSLINGER GF VALVES

Another option available is GF valves, which we have found to help improve flow.  You can choose between the GF or Pentair valve system.  The three valve system allows you to control the mix for water, bleach, and any other cleaning solution you might be using.  Regardless of the mix ratio or detergents used, you can still count on approximately 45 feet for KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.  There are several more Kingslinger product videos available on the product website at the bottom that might interest you as well.

 

Kingslinger Distance

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SURFACE CLEANER VIDEO

SURFACE CLEANER VIDEO

If you need SURFACE CLEANER VIDEO TIPS, you’ve come to the right place!  I use  a Hurricane 4 Gallon Per Minute Pressure Washer, which is a great starter unit.  There are many surface cleaners to choose from, but the one I use is the Whisper Wash Ultra.  This is a sixteen inch deck.  There are many considerations to work through such as size, nozzles, and personal preferences.

FORMULA FOR SIZE CHOICE

Here is the standard industry procedure for calculating surface cleaner size with the pressure washer machine.  For every 4 gallons per minute on your machine, you need 4 inches of surface cleaner size.  So my 4 Gallon Per Minute machine multiplied by four equals a 16 inch surface cleaner.  5 Gallons Per Minute would mean use a 20 inch surface cleaner and so forth.  Of these surface cleaner tips, this is most important remember as you evaluate which model to purchase.  If you’re surface cleaner is elevating off the surface, you are using way too much pressure.  While some suggest weighing it down with a brick or something similar, I take a different approach.  Using too much pressure with a surface cleaner can cause damage to the concrete.

SURFACE CLEANER NOZZLE OPTIONS

Most surface cleaners come with some nozzles included.  2502 is the most common nozzle size.  The 25 indicates the spray pattern and the 02 reflects gallons per minute.  I go over some other important mathematical considerations relating to surface cleaner nozzles.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the details.  But here is the approach I take when the surface cleaner pressure washer is too high. Basically, I switch out the nozzles and find the one that works most appropriately.  The 2503 was the ideal nozzle for this particular combination.  It’s good to get the nozzle that is the perfect fit for your pressure washer.  But it’s also good to have a couple nozzle options that are right above and right below that threshold.  The surface you are cleaning will also factor into this decision.  Here are some other great helpful videos for professional pressure washing equipment maintenance. I also provide monthly training events here in Houston, Texas.  And if you have a pressure washer that won’t start, check this out.

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Ball Valve Installation

BALL VALVE INSTALLATION

All of our trucks and trailers now have a ball valve installation that we recommend.  It is a three way valve that allows us to make a switch.  We can switch from the tank fill to a garden hose quickly and easily.  Some of examples for using this include filling a bucket, or the need for a high wash station.  If we need light pressure for anything like rinsing off the truck or anything else, it’s much easier than using a drain hose.

HOW BALL VALVE INSTALLATION WORKS

Water arrives to our rigs through the garden hose reel.  It then flows directly into the ball valve.  It can easily switch from filling the tank to a rig mounted garden hose.  With several different nozzles, you are able to use it in different ways.  For example, we have a fireman’s nozzle that can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowe’s.  This nozzle provides a wide range or garden hose pressure from a pretty long, straight stream to nothing more than a trickle if needed.  It’s ideal for filling a soap bucket without creating a lot of splashing suds.  In addition, we have a second nozzle that provides stronger pressure and a longer stream.  It’s the same nozzle that we use for just rinsing houses using a dedicated pump.

TRAILER VIEW

In this video, we also provide a quick view of the entire trailer.  I have been testing a booster pump, but eventually concluded it’s not really worth using.  I was not impressed at all!  So if you have any questions about this ball valve installation, just shoot me an email and I’ll answer as quickly as I’m able.  Be sure and subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL for more helpful videos.  Perhaps you would enjoy another post about a newer pressure washing truck rig.

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Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

As you begin to plan and build your pressure washing business, there are many challenging decisions.  So choosing pressure washing equipment that is best for your business is a one of those important decisions.   One of the questions you will hear most often is what is your business model going to be?  Likewise, the questioner is trying to determine what type of business are you going after.  Residential and Commercial cleaning can be two different types of cleaning, requiring different types of equipment.  Notice I said can be? They can also be very similar, and can be done the with the same exact equipment.

Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

One of the things I like to do in our school is provide assistance when you are choosing pressure washing equipment. Especially when selecting equipment for the type of work you plan to do.  This is why the Doug Rucker Store is now open for pressure washing business equipment and supplies.  With over thirty years of experience in this business, We know exactly what you need for your business to succeed.  And we never try to over sell you or sell you items you do not need.  If you only intend to clean houses, not roofs, there is no need for a dedicated pump.  Soft Washing vinyl siding, stucco, eifs, and even brick houses come clean with a pressure washer and the correct nozzles. The only time a dedicated pump would be needed is if you are planning to clean roofs.

Dedicated Pumps

Dedicated pumps that are powered by a 12V battery or even some air diaphragm pumps are really best suited for cleaning roofs, and the occasional small house or building.  If you are planning to get into large upscale homes and commercial buildings, then choosing pressure washing equipment that has a high volume pump, like 5-10 gpm, will enable you to clean much faster, making you more profitable.  These types of pumps allow you not only to get your detergents on a large surface faster, they will also provide much faster and more thorough rinsing.

Never buy Pressure Washing Equipment that will not make you profitable

I am more than happy to assist any student of my school with choosing pressure washing equipment that will best suit your business and your budget.  Usually after a short consultation, I can pin point your exact needs and then put together a package for your that will build your business. And we provide much needed support after the sale.

For more information on our schools and dates of events, please visit our web site , email us at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com, or call or text me at 2818833630